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Chapter 2. Getting started with Tika > The Tika application

2.2. The Tika application

The first step in revving up your new Babel Fish is deciding between two simple external interfaces that are part of the Tika application: a graphical user interface (GUI) that provides drag-and-drop functionality, and a command-line interface for folks comfortable with scripting environments. In this section we’ll first show you how to download Tika, and then walk you through each of these interfaces.

The quick-and-easy way to get started with Tika is to use the Tika application, a standalone JAR archive that contains everything you need to access the key Tika features. The application is available for download from the Tika website at http://tika.apache.org/. The current version of Tika is 1.0 at the time of writing this book, so we’ll use that in our examples, but any recent Tika version should work equally well if not better. It’s worth noting that you’ll need Java 5 or higher to run the standalone JAR archive, called tika-app-1.0.jar. The archive is available after you compile Tika inside of the tika-app/target directory.


  

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